By Candie Harris
Lie to Me is a
fascinating TV series inspired by the real-life work of Dr. Paul Eckman,
a psychologist who uses clues embedded in the human face, body and voice to
assist in criminal investigations. As a psychology major, I have always been
fascinated with using body language to try and read people.
Most of us likely accept that we can learn a lot
about others and ourselves by attuning to body language. Yet, few of us are
naturally fluent in this kind of non-verbal communication. It is a skill we
must acquire and nurture.
Fortunately, the Web is here to support us. With a
quick trip to the search box, you can find practical tips and insights on:
Body language basics
Translating common gestures
into business vernacular
inability to read non-verbal cues
But, before declaring ourselves (self-taught) body
language experts, we should heed what communication theorist and coach Nick Morgan
writes in an article titled The Truth Behind the Smile
and Other Myths - When Body Language Lies.
While Morgan recognizes the business value of decoding non-verbal cues, he
argues that, "in the end, body language conveys important but unreliable clues
about the intent of the communicator."
Maybe the best course of action in our business, and
personal, interactions is to couple our powers of observation with some genuine
dialogue that sheds light what the other person is feeling and experiencing.
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